General Assembly Preview
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Frontier Project  |  Richmond, VA
+ 4 regional locations (see below)
Tickets $15  |  Register today!


In preparation for Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly session, Virginia Conservation Network and its Network partners are convening for a preview of what’s in store for our natural landscapes and resources. Volunteers, board members, and staff of partner organizations — as well as those interested in getting more involved in Virginia’s conservation community — are invited to learn about priority environmental topics and discuss our collective approach to advancing policy in the upcoming legislative session.

Traditionally, this annual event has taken place only in Richmond, VA. In order to better accommodate the vast majority of Virginians who live outside of the region, we are hosting four watch parties across the Commonwealth, in addition to hosting the regular in-person event. The watch party locations include Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, and Warrenton.

Please note: The Richmond event will take place at The Frontier Project this year — not the Virginia State Capitol  — due to renovations at the General Assembly Building.

Coffee and light breakfast will be served at all locations. All attendees will also receive a copy of the 2018 Environmental Briefing Book, which displays the breadth of conservation issues our community is prioritizing in the coming year. Attendees at all locations will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of each panel and to participate in the regional breakout about next steps.

Questions? Contact Sheri Wood at admin@vcnva.org or (804) 644-0283.


SCHEDULE

8:15 – 8:50 a.m.  Sign-in / light breakfast and coffee

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Healthy Rivers panel

Panelists include:
Adrienne Kotula, James River Association
Trieste Lockwood, Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Chris Moore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Green Communities panel

Panelists include:
Missy Neff, The Nature Conservancy
Dan Holmes, Piedmont Environmental Council
Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Clean Energy panel

Panelists include:
Will Cleveland, Southern Environmental Law Center
Bob Shippee, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club
Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Anti-regulatory rollbacks

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.  Next steps / get involved

12:05 – 12:30 p.m.  Regional conversations


RICHMOND IN-PERSON PREVIEW (SOLD OUT)

Hosted by Virginia Conservation Network
The Frontier Project: 3005 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23230
Click here for parking instructions

FREDERICKSBURG WATCH PARTY

Hosted by Friends of the Rappahannock
UMW University Center: 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401
There is plenty of free street parking surrounding the University Center.

HARRISONBURG WATCH PARTY

Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Network
The Hub Coworking: 128 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
There are several street-side parking spaces near The Hub and ample parking in the Water Street Deck (both levels). Note that all the streets surrounding the parking deck are one-way, but there are multiple entrances, so just keep going around the block if you miss one. 

VIRGINIA BEACH WATCH PARTY

Hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW
Old Donation School: 4633 Honeygrove Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Park in the lot in front of the building. After you enter the building, follow the signs to the second floor schola.

WARRENTON WATCH PARTY

Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)
PEC’s headquarters: 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA 20186
There is a municipal parking lot directly across the street from PEC’s office. It has free, all-day parking. There are also spots on the street beside the PEC building.